Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

TL;TR Use roadmaps to discuss scope as objectives and outcomes you’d like to achieve. Don’t use roadmaps to write down features or track output. Work with themes: problems, needs and objectives. Don’t use dates in roadmaps. Use features and experiements as possible customer solutions and only track them in a plan, if really needed. Empower … More Roadmaps, Expectations and Empowerment

Using Gherkin for Writing Better User Stories and Splitting

Inspired by #NoEstimation movement I’d like to share my ideas of story splitting as there are plenty of ways how to do so. A common understanding Teams struggle sometimes in getting a common understanding of what to do to create software and to contribute to a specific outcome. Usually the Product Owner is assigned to … More Using Gherkin for Writing Better User Stories and Splitting

An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum

One of my learnings in software development and people are the interpretation of agile at all. Everybody has its own definition and meaning of agility which makes it hard to understand what really is wanted and needed as a common minimal dominator between senior management and employees. The Agile Onion Due to our presentation at … More An Agile Transition is not iterative software development with Scrum

2nd Product Owner Camp 2017 – Summary, Overview & Impressions #POCamp

Two days Product Owner Camp in Frankfurt @DB_Skydeck sponsored by @DBSystel – and I was really happy to participate and contribute this time. The #POCamp (official Twitter tag) was held as a typical barcamp in an open format. Keynote with Klaus Leopold The keynote was done remotely by Klaus Leopold about “Business Matters” – too … More 2nd Product Owner Camp 2017 – Summary, Overview & Impressions #POCamp

Change Your Focus and Ask The Right Questions – Impact!

Successful companies have mastered and learned to focus on execution to run their business. But focussing on execution could be a trap, because there might be better ways to solve their customers’ problems, especially when it comes to disruption and disruptive technologies. In theory you want to disrupt yourself before someone else is disrupts you. … More Change Your Focus and Ask The Right Questions – Impact!

Creative Culture

Chef vs Cook A chef is expected to try lot of new things and come up with creative new dishes. Cooks are expected to make a dish efficiently with a little variation. But rather than focussing on business operations, you’ll need to constantly come up with new recipes. This is why creative environements and culture … More Creative Culture

Ask the right questions – even when “there is no right answer”

As a product owner I’m often being involved in discussions about building and doing it finally right. But what is right? What is the common understanding in doing it right? It depends on so many dimensions the counterparts are demanding and the finding about doing it right in building software is simple: There is no … More Ask the right questions – even when “there is no right answer”